Friday, May 19, 2017

Concert: The Wind + The Wave

The Wind + The Wave is my favorite indy band! I first discovered them in 2013 when they opened for the Plain White T's at the 9:30 Club, and I've seen them several other times, including at Gypsy Sally's, U Street Music Hall, and even at The Mint in Los Angeles! (Find that blog post here.) They did not disappoint at this show at DC9 (where I had seen them once before, too)!

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The first opener was The Native Sibling, a brother-sister duo. They both have great voices, and because it's a girl-guy duo, I think they're perfect to be touring with The Wind + The Wave, who started out as a band of two. They've been around for a few years, but I had never heard of them before. They released their first full-length album in 2014, which is the same year when they won the iTunes Best Singer/Songwriter albums award. How neat is that! Here are some of their music videos:

Carry You

Here with Me

Follow Trees

The Fall

Cold Wind

Let the Water Rise

The second opener was Justin Kawika Young. He has a very different sound from the first band; his voice actually sounds a lot like John Legend! I liked his music, and his Boyz II Men medley at the end was great. AND he's Colbie Caillat's fiancé!

One Foot On Sand

Crazy Love

Three Weeks from Tomorrow

Until the Morning

My Body Tells Me No (which is strange, since most songs are about your body saying yes!)

Then it was the headliner's turn! The Wind + The Wave sang songs from both of their albums, From the Wreckage and Happiness is Not a Place (I own both and love them!). They sounded amazing, and I love the energy of their newer band members, Nick the drummer ("Babyface Manbody"), and Scott the guitarist ("Fat Scott" who also performs on Broadway!). I think they have an all-black dress code, and all the guys have the same haircut! I sang along with every song, except maybe their encore of R. Kelly's song "Ignition;" that's a tough song to sing! Here are a few of my favorite songs from the band:

It's a Longer Road to California than I Thought

The Heart It Beats the Thunder Rolls

When That Fever Takes a Hold on You

My Mind is an Endless Sea

Before the World Explodes

Really Wanna Love Somebody

Check out their tour dates here to see if they're coming to a city near you!

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